Wireless PCI cards for older Macs

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jkhanson, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2003
    Can anyone share recommendations or experiences with third party wireless PCI cards for older Macs? I'd like to get an 802.11g card for my beige G3 desktop. In particular, does OS X provide native support for certain models (since many cards come with Windows drivers only)? My G3 is running Jaguar.

    Many thanks.
  2. macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    I've heard that under 10.3 (Panther) any LinkSys 802.11g card will work. However, I'm not sure if under Jaguar the Airport drivers will support the cards. There are drivers sold by third-party companies to drive these older cards though: Wireless Drivers.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2004

    Sonnet Extreme PCI.

    I would try this first; they might be a touch expensive, but they guarantee it will work. My experiences have been good with them.

  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    i have a Belkin 54G Wireless PCI Adaptor in my B&W G3 and it shows up as an airport card in the network options, the g3 is running 10.2.8.
    Any PCI wireless card that uses a "Broadcom" chipset will work.
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2003
    I have the Buffalo 802.11g card working perfectly in my B&W running 10.3.x.

    Shows up as an Airport Card, didn't really need any other drivers or configuring. Don't get one of those "mac" 11g cards - they're not worth the price.

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